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Figure Skating - 19. February 2011.

Qing Pang/Jian Tong (CHN) claim the Pairs title at The Four Continent Championships

China's Qing Pang/Jian Tong claimed their fifth Four Continents title. Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford of Canada took the silver medal and the bronze went to Paige Lawrence/Rudi Swiegers, also from Canada.


Pang/Tong's program to “Liebestraum” by Franz Liszt included a triple twist, triple throw loop and Salchow as well as difficult lifts, but he singled an Axel and doubled the toeloop. The two-time and reigning World Champions scored a seasons best of 128.04 points and accumulated a total of 199.45 points. “We are always happy to win a competition, and to have won this event of the fifth time is truly special to us. Although I didn't do two elements (jumps), I'm still very pleased that we won tonight. I also want to congratulate the two Canadian teams on their excellent performances. (On their next goal) Our next goal is to win the World title again”, Tong told the post-event press conference.


Duhamel/Radford put out a technically demanding program to “The Train” and “Meet Joe Black”, reeling  off a triple flip-double toe-double toe combination, a triple twist, two triple throws and a triple toe. The Canadians picked up 121.87 points and moved up from third to second at 181.79 points. “Probably exactly one year ago we did our first try-out. So we haven't even been skating together for one year. This is more than we could have asked for”, Duhamel said. “We're really happy to lay down a good long program, because that's what we do every single day in practice, and we had a difficult season putting it out there in competition. The performance we weren't too surprised with, I think it's more the score and the result that is amazing and we're shocked by it”, she added.


Skating to “Van Helsing”, Lawrence/Swiegers landed a triple twist, triple throw Lutz, and side by side triple toe, but he singled an Axel. The team collected 111.75 points for this performance and slipped from second to third with 171.73 points to win their first ISU Championships medal.  “We're both very excited to place third and going home with the bronze medal. This is our medal this year. We got third a lot this year, but we are happy. I think it is a good beginning for us”, Lawrence noted.


U.S. Champions Caitlin Yankowskas/John Coughlin finished fourth like they had last year (166.97 points). Their only major error was to single the throw Salchow. Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch (CAN) were ranked third in the Free Skating but overall remained in fifth place at 166.22 points.
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